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Manufacturing Engineers

Also called: Manufacturing Director, Manufacturing Engineer, Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Process Engineer

What they do:
Design, integrate, or improve manufacturing systems or related processes. May work with commercial or industrial designers to refine product designs to increase producibility and decrease costs.
On the job, you would:
  • Identify opportunities or implement changes to improve products or reduce costs using knowledge of fabrication processes, tooling and production equipment, assembly methods, quality control standards, or product design, materials and parts.
  • Determine root causes of failures using statistical methods and recommend changes in designs, tolerances, or processing methods.
  • Provide technical expertise or support related to manufacturing.


Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • design
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one


  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Persistence


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA software
Electronic mail software
  • IBM Notes
  • Microsoft Outlook
Development environment software
  • C
  • National Instruments LabVIEW


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
associate's degree
usually needed

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